Average Bench: 99.6% (25th of 1355)

Based on 23,404 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000A0671 Model: 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-11600K @ 3.90GHz

The i5-11600K is the best value "top tier" CPU in Intel’s 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S lineup. With a simple overclock it offers almost the same levels of performance as the 11900K. Rocket Lake brings higher IPC (early samples indicate +19%) which translates to around a 10% faster Effective Speed than both Intel's 10th Gen and AMD’s 5000 series. Despite Intel’s performance lead, AMD continues to outsell Intel. Given the scale of Intel's operation, it’s inexplicable that their marketing remains so neglected. Little effort is made to counter widespread disinformation such as: “it uses too much electricity” or the classic: “it needs more cores”. Intel’s marketing samples are routinely distributed to reviewers that appear better incentivized to bury Intel's products rather than review them. Not enabling XMP or only testing with BIOS power limits enabled is akin to leaving the handbrake on during a race. Mind-numbing “scientific” and rendering benchmarks are presented as gospel. Different games, mostly unplayed by real users, are cherry picked for each “review”. When it's convenient, canned game benchmarks are chosen such as Ulletical’s CSGO which runs at nearly double the in-game fps. Credible benchmark data, which necessarily includes replicable video footage from popular games, is the exception rather than the rule. At every release, AMD’s marketers coordinate narratives to ensure another feast of blue blubber. Nonetheless, towards the end of 2021, Intel’s Golden Cove is due to offer an additional 20-30% performance increase. At that time, with a net 30-40% performance lead, Intel will probably regain significant market share despite AMD's class-leading marketing. In the meantime, most PC gamers need look no further than the 11400F. [Mar '21 CPUPro]

Poor: 90%Average: 99.6% Great: 107%
Gaming 100%
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Desktop 102%
Workstation 93%
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Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-11600K averaged just 0.4% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-11600K near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 165Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 318Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-11600K is just 17%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-11600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,216Pts
Avg. Memory Latency 88.6Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 23,404 samples)
Min Avg Max
76.5 Memory 88.6 95.9
148 1-Core 165 175
281 2-Core 318 343
106% 191 Pts
Min Avg Max
522 4-Core 593 651
860 8-Core 970 1,062
99.1% 782 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,049 64-Core 1,216 1,319
81.6% 1,216 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.2
1-Core 170
2-Core 332
111% 199 Pts
4-Core 626
8-Core 1022
104% 824 Pts
64-Core 1,267
85% 1,267 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.85 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.5
1-Core 171
2-Core 337
110% 200 Pts
4-Core 634
8-Core 992
104% 813 Pts
64-Core 1,229
82% 1,229 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.6
1-Core 169
2-Core 312
107% 191 Pts
4-Core 585
8-Core 798
90% 691 Pts
64-Core 964
65% 964 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.5
1-Core 163
2-Core 316
102% 186 Pts
4-Core 613
8-Core 972
101% 792 Pts
64-Core 1,245
84% 1,245 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 80.4
1-Core 168
2-Core 317
104% 189 Pts
4-Core 608
8-Core 986
101% 797 Pts
64-Core 1,254
84% 1,254 Pts
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MSRP ≈ $262 @ launch in Mar '21
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Gaming 153%
Desktop 105%
Workstation 144%

Motherboard: MSI Z590-A PRO (MS-7D09) - $149

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11th generation Rocket Lake processor...

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1 month ago.

Very cheap for the incredible performance it gives


2 months ago.

beast side by side with 11700 and 12600 more cheap and worth it with the rx 6600 xt radeon powercolor DEVIL red. I LOVE IT.


6 months ago.

Somewhat recommended for Windows 11


1 month ago.

Except for the 12th Gen CPUs, this CPU can run all of my games at ULTRA with practically any load, like my load is 20 to 45 percent when gaming and my temperatures are around 50 or 55 degrees celsius. It is quick and can do everything flawlessly.


13 months ago.


7 days ago.

Really a fast CPU for gaming and all sorts


8 months ago.

good cpu on budget


1 month ago.

The processor is excellent, the best value for money for me in my position. I live in Ukraine and now (04/10/2022) we have a war. Therefore, money is a problem, not to mention the state of affairs in general. But even under such conditions, I highly recommend this processor.


12 months ago.

best budget cpu ever


13 months ago.

It's just awesome


2 days ago.

Great performance for mid tier and limited budget. Easily reaches 5ghz all cores with great stability but needs good cooling with that. In 1440p there is not been any issues

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